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A Brief Note On Fighting Alzheimer 's Disease

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Shay Haluzak
ELA 6-7 Mrs. Greenwood
Research Paper
January 18, 2017
Fighting Alzheimer’s “So now, we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.” This was part of the fortieth president Ronald Reagan’s speech announcing the start of his battle with Alzheimer’s Disease that would last ten years (Adams 21). Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects millions of Americans each year.
Fortunately, doctors know what symptoms to look for in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, where it affects the part of the brain
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Daily tasks such as eating, bathing, walking, and talking become a lot harder (Adams 38). This all happens because of proteins called Beta-Amyloid proteins, which are proteins that clump and form plaque on the brains of people with AD (99). The proteins cause neurons in the brain to lose communication and die (61).
Though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are aids that can help. There are two medications that help slow down the progression, memantine and cholinesterase inhibitors (Adams 68). There are also simple everyday things people can do to decrease their risk of AD such as exercise (71). Long-term memories tend to last longer than more recent experiences so looking at old photos can also help (72). Early diagnosis can really help, it will give doctors a chance to put the person on medication that will slow down the progression of AD (24). Mental exercise and frequent social interactions have shown to help reduce risks (84).
Even though many people have suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, Ronald Reagan is just one case. On November 5, 1994 former president of the United States, Ronald Reagan announced the beginning of his battle with AD (Wagner 92). He announced the start by sitting down and writing a heartfelt speech to the public about raising awareness for the disease and helping other families who are dealing with AD have a clearer understanding about it (Adams 21). Even though Reagan
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